Rising US production may stimulate more OPA scrutiny, ELI forum told

06/23/2014
Federal requirements under the 1990 Oil Pollution Act (OPA), which came into question following the 2010 Macondo deepwater well blowout and crude oil spill, appear likely to get a fresh look as US onshore crude production climbs and producers scramble to get it to market, suggested some participants in a recent Environmental Law Institute seminar. "OPA began as a response to the Exxon Valdez spill, and was focused on marine transportation initially," said Russell V. Randle, a Partner at Patton Boggs LLP's Washington, DC, office who moderated the discussion. "But there also have been major spills involving pipelines, rail transportation, and barge transportation in the time ...
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